Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Friday, June 29, 2012

A Hardened Hero with A Soft Spot

The Monkey's Raincoat:  Elvis Cole #1 by Robert Crais
Adult Mystery/Thriller

Elvis is a private eye with a history as a soldier.  When a woman comes to his office asking for his help in locating her missing husband and son, he assumes it is just a case of domestic disturbance and everything will resolve itself in a couple of days.  After a little digging, Elivs learns the hubby was mixed up in drugs and gangs and a dangerous Hollywood double life.  Evlis falls for his client, but not necessarily romantically, more in a protective way.  Soon, he is pulling out all the stops to find her missing son by bringing in his friend Joe to help out.  Joe is a reallllllly scary dude but I am excited to see that he actually has his own series (expect a review on this one soon!).

This book is so deceptive.  Elvis is a very unreliable narrator and continuously downplays his own genius and lethalness.  It is only through the insights of others, mostly Joe, that the reader sees Elvis is one bad guy to know and an even worse one to cross.  In spite of all that, I fell in love with Elvis almost immediately.  He is hilarious--very witty with a drier sense of humor that a desert.  Not everyone in the book got his humor (I know how that feels) and as the reader, I felt as if Elvis and I were communicating and not letting anyone else in on our private jokes.

In all, I loved this first installment and cannot wait to read more!

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